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Old 11-01-2012, 06:51 PM   #43
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I'm not sure what problem this trailer is attempting to solve - cost, storage, weight?
I seem to remember seeing something about this being a possible solution for a high-rise apartment dweller who may only have access to a 5' x 5' rented storage locker. Hence the ability to dismantle it into pieces that would fit through a 36" wide hinged door. (Not all storage lockers have big roll-up doors.) It may turn out to be just a clever solution in search of a problem.

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No veil of tact here buddy.
Thank you for your concern. I doubt there would that much interest unless the buyer already has the cargo trailer. I wonder if the inventor has a lay-away program?

I kind of became interested in the suggestion of using the panel walls to construct a hot-tub/spa enclosure.
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Old 11-01-2012, 10:37 PM   #44
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When work first began on this trailer project, I think the cost was projected to be a fair bit lower. It has turned out costing more to produce than the inventor expected, I'm sure. That will make it a harder sell... but not an impossible one, as there are bound to be some people who fall into the right niche and see this trailer as a solution for them.

Another thing: as a truck camper, this unit is extremely light weight and inexpensive. Campers for half ton pickups are not easy to find, as most are too heavy. That could be a good market for the Teal.
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Old 11-02-2012, 12:34 AM   #45
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When work first began on this trailer project, I think the cost was projected to be a fair bit lower. It has turned out costing more to produce than the inventor expected, I'm sure. That will make it a harder sell... but not an impossible one, as there are bound to be some people who fall into the right niche and see this trailer as a solution for them.

Another thing: as a truck camper, this unit is extremely light weight and inexpensive. Campers for half ton pickups are not easy to find, as most are too heavy. That could be a good market for the Teal.
It's often the case that estimated production costs are much smaller than actual production costs.

I'm wondering about the side to floor seal, if there is one. I didn't see any mention of that.

I can see a few other possible uses, you need an inexpensive guest room, maybe one that can be assembled and disassembled. There's probably several others.

I really hope this company can make, doubt they'll make in the towable rv market. But that doesn't mean they won't find another market that will really think this is the greatest.
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Old 06-18-2013, 11:26 AM   #47
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Small update on new facility and their facebook has more photos
Teal Camper Updates


http://www.ncbr.com/article/20130222/edition/130229959
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Old 06-18-2013, 12:33 PM   #48
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I'm glad to see that he has gotten interest/investment as I followed his website for some time and can imagine the agony of a dream you can't even get off the ground. I don't like the dome top as much as I did the canvas one as far as looks go. The advantage I see for a truck camper is not having to back under it to load it and it would be nice to have something where we could use the utility trailer separately for the few times we ever really need one. I know that kits are becoming popular with teardrops and even tiny houses letting the consumer save some money on shipping by buying or scrounging locally for some of the heavier items. Would be nice to see one of the FG manufacturers offer a kit.
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I can't do it this week, but maybe next week I can run by there and check these out. I live in Loveland now so I only have to find the street...... Would be nice to see them in person.
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Old 06-20-2013, 11:27 AM   #52
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Good idea, I wish him all the sucess in the world. People like this who have the courage to follow their dream have my admiration. It ain't easy.

I would have loved to have one of these on the western elk hunts I've been on. Trick it out to what you need, load your gear inside where it's dry and your good to go. Of course you'd need a decent trailer to mount it on.
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I've been following this too as I found it in my hunt for a trailer.
I thought it would be ideal for the deer camp or ice fishing as he said.

I might be interested in going on the Shark show for publicity, but probably
not for them to become partners. They want controlling interest when you
sign their contracts.
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They are getting some Discovery channel air time and a new pop-up prototype.
https://www.facebook.com/TealShelters

Edit for Robin, did you ever stop by there? Wondered what you thought.
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DH & I are looking at options, including buying a used shell and refurbishing/modifying it. We are also seriously considering the Teal Tailfeather. From some of what I've seen in this thread, some of you might think we're crazy, but I really like what this company is doing & in many ways it might be a great fit for us - the shell is very lightweight, so even with the additional trailer weight we can build it under the max 1000 lbs capacity of our tow vehicle. The modular construction means that we can break it down & store it on our postage-stamp sized suburban property and we can customize it to our needs without having to buy a bunch of stuff we don't need or want. Though some of you have said it seems pricey, it compares favorably with buying a comparably-sized fiberglass trailer, even with purchasing the chassis separately - and , for us, it's local.

Of course one of the drawbacks is that it's really ugly. I've been trying to think of ways to "beautify" it.

The company's FB page recently posted this idea for feedback:
https://fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.n...79b184226e748a

Definitely better.

I saw some price estimates earlier in the thread - This is what I'm coming up with now.

The base price for the smallest shell Kit to fit a 5x8 trailer, ~6'Wx8.5'Lx6'H at the middle of the shell: $4,166.00
This includes:
2 - corner panels
10 - side panels
1 - door assembly
1 - floor liner
1 - roof shell kit with hardware
2 - 8" x 8" skylights
2- 8" x 8" roof vents

I can get a brand-new 5x8 aluminum utility trailer locally for ~$1500
cheaper if I bought steel. (the FAQ on the site specifically recommends against do-it-yourself bolt-together trailers like Harbor Freight)

I come up with a total closer to $7000, which is around what a used fiberglass trailer is selling for around here right now, regardless of age.

That does not include extras such as operating windows, furniture & cabinets (some of which we don't need or want to pay for, some of which we can easily put in ourselves). There are some upgrades that we would probably get at the outset, such as a couple of windows. Since this kit is modular, it leaves open the possibility of adding some of these things at a later date as well as increasing the size of the shell, assuming we plan ahead & get a bigger chassis. While this would probably bring the price close to a new, no-frills Scamp over time, it also brings our initial outlay into the realm of possibility now.

Wear & tear from breaking down and rebuilding the shell are certainly concerns, but can be mitigated. This camper is unlikely to hold its value over time in the same way the manufactured fiberglass trailers do, however as far as functionality here and now, it may be a viable option.

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The Teal isn't a bad unit. My biggest reservation is maintaining a good seal at all the seams, plus at the floor, so the owner doesn't arrive at the destination on a rainy day and find a wet interior. If you feel confident that their solutions will keep it dry inside, then it's a pretty good fit for your situation.
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